[lit-ideas] Re: Fwd: Re: Pound's treason

  • From: Omar Kusturica <omarkusto@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Sat, 14 Feb 2015 12:19:13 +0100

part II

http://www.felixdennis.com/poetry/ballad-of-the-goodly-fere/

On Sat, Feb 14, 2015 at 12:14 PM, Omar Kusturica <omarkusto@xxxxxxxxx>
wrote:

> This is the poem by Pound that I was vaguely remembering. Granted, the
> Jews are not named in it.
>
>
> Ballad of the Goodly Fere
> Ezra Pound, 1885 - 1972
>
> *Simon Zelotes speaking after the Crucifixion. Fere=Mate, Companion.*
>
> Ha’ we lost the goodliest fere o’ all
> For the priests and the gallows tree?
> Aye lover he was of brawny men,
> O’ ships and the open sea.
>
> When they came wi’ a host to take Our Man
> His smile was good to see,
> “First let these go!” quo’ our Goodly Fere,
> “Or I’ll see ye damned," says he.
>
> Aye he sent us out through the crossed high spears
> And the scorn of his laugh rang free,
> “Why took ye not me when I walked about
> Alone in the town?” says he.
>
> Oh we drank his “Hale” in the good red wine
> When we last made company,
> No capon priest was the Goodly Fere
> But a man o’ men was he.
>
> I ha’ seen him drive a hundred men
> Wi’ a bundle o’ cords swung free,
> That they took the high and holy house
> For their pawn and treasury.
>
> They’ll no’ get him a’ in a book I think
> Though they write it cunningly;
> No mouse of the scrolls was the Goodly Fere
> But aye loved the open sea.
>
> If they think they ha’ snared our Goodly Fere
> They are fools to the last degree.
> “I’ll go to the feast," quo’ our Goodly Fere,
> “Though I go to the gallows tree.”
>
> “Ye ha’ seen me heal the lame and blind,
> And wake the dead," says he,
> “Ye shall see one thing to master all:
> ‘Tis how a brave man dies on the tree.”
>
> A son of God was the Goodly Fere
> That bade us his brothers be.
> I ha’ seen him cow a thousand men.
> I have seen him upon the tree.
>
> He cried no cry when they drave the nails
> And the blood gushed hot and free,
> The hounds of the crimson sky gave tongue
> But never a cry cried he.
>
> I ha’ seen him cow a thousand men
> On the hills o’ Galilee,
> They whined as he walked out calm between,
> Wi’ his eyes like the grey o’ the sea,
>
> Like the sea that brooks no voyaging
> With the winds unleashed and free,
> Like the sea that he cowed at Genseret
> Wi’ twey words spoke’ suddently.
>
> A master of men was the Goodly Fere,
> A mate of the wind and sea,
> If they think they ha’ slain our Goodly Fere
> They are fools eternally.
>
> I ha’ seen him eat o’ the honey-comb
> Sin’ they nailed him to the tree.
>
>
> On Sat, Feb 14, 2015 at 11:50 AM, Adriano Palma <Palma@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>
>>  This is correct, although if one were to look at history T S Eliot was
>> anti-Semitic of the very traditional sort (generated by his Christian
>> beliefs), while the period in which Pound developed in views (see e.g. “con
>> usura”) is marked by different strains.
>>
>>
>>
>> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ijv9Kpb1kHs
>>
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>>
>>
>> *From:* lit-ideas-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:
>> lit-ideas-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] *On Behalf Of *Omar Kusturica
>> *Sent:* 14 February 2015 11:39
>> *To:* lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
>> *Subject:* [lit-ideas] Re: Fwd: Re: Pound's treason
>>
>>
>>
>> I've refreshed my memory somewhat... anti-semitism does not seem to be
>> visible in Pound's poems, but it is found in the poetry of his friend, T.S.
>> Eliott:
>>
>>
>>
>>
>> http://forward.com/articles/142722/ts-eliots-on-again-off-again-anti-semitism/
>>
>>
>>
>> On Sat, Feb 14, 2015 at 10:22 AM, Ed Farrell <ewf@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>>
>>
>>
>> On Feb 13, 2015, at 11:32 PM, David Ritchie <profdritchie@xxxxxxxxx>
>> wrote:
>>
>>
>>
>> On Feb 13, 2015, at 8:06 PM, Edward Farrell wrote:
>>
>>
>>
>>  Omar,
>>
>> I think Mike Geary is basically correct, but it is a nuanced issue.
>> Let's take my example of the bridge one more time (but not as industrial
>> product in Marxist terms), and look at your intent in making the bridge:
>> you made it so the terrorists to whom you sold the nuclear weapons have a
>> ready means of delivering the bomb to a populated area.  So now, insofar as
>> your artifact is related to its creator, it is thoroughly immoral--the
>> product of a criminal, and made for a criminal purpose to boot. Yet after
>> you've been caught and incarcerated and the terrorists thwarted in their
>> purpose, the bridge remains, and can be used to carry innocent citizens to
>> and fro, and no one will much object because the bridge is not, as you put
>> it, "the very expression of personality" of its creator so most needn't
>> associate it with you when they drive over it anyway.
>>
>> Pound wrote these lines in his younger days:
>>
>>  I have heard a wee wind searching
>>
>>
>>
>>
>> Unusually, I'm going to anticipate JLS:
>>
>>
>>
>> 1) Can't call a wind wee because wee was originally a reference to weight
>> http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=wee
>>
>> It makes no difference since he is referring to the Wee Wind 16, which is
>> made by Airstream and since air stream is air in motion 'wee wind' is
>> perfectly acceptable under any circumstances regardless of your or JLS's
>> objections.
>>
>> http://vintageairstream.com/photo-archives/1948-wee-wind-16/
>>
>> Also, a pound is a weight therefore even in the Scottish usage wee is
>> simply a circular reference to Ezra Pound.
>>
>>
>>
>>   2) Pound wasn't Scottish, so saying "wee" is twee or twaddle, or
>> something of that ilk
>>
>> Nothing of the sort; the pound is great currency among Scots and of
>> course there's no American pound as we know; Pound is therefore as Scottish
>> as haggis whether for a penny or a pound, regardless of what you or JLS may
>> say.
>>
>>
>>
>>  3) Sassoon was also put in the madhouse when some other judgement would
>> have been awkward
>>
>> 4) My last post of the day isn't "the Last Post"
>>
>> 5) To quote Eddie Izzard on fascists, inbreeding and degeneration, "I
>> have no idear"
>>
>> 6) As Monty Python on Australian philosophy put it, "There is no rule
>> six." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bruces_sketch
>>
>>
>>
>> David Ritchie
>>
>> nearby the ex-governor in
>>
>> Portland, Oregon
>>
>> Ed Farrell
>>
>>
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